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Last Updated: Sunday, 18 March 2007, 12:48 GMT
Hosp bags overall World Cup title
Nicole Hosp
Hosp celebrates her overall World Cup triumph
Austria's Nicole Hosp secured the women's overall World Cup crown after winning the season's final giant slalom race in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Hosp, 23, who led the event after the first leg, produced a fine second run to win in two minutes 11.98 seconds.

Germany's Kathrin Hoelzl finished second with Austrian Michaela Kirchgasser third.

Hosp also took the giant slalom title, meaning Austrian women have swept the World Cup honours this season.

The last time that happened was in the 1998-99 season, but there were only five titles then, since none was awarded for the combined.

In all, the Austrian women won 23 races this season and produced 54 podium results.

Hosp's overall title rival and compatriot Marlies Schild, who began the day trailing by 30 points, could only finish sixth in Sunday's race.

A lot of things were going through my head but I worked hard to concentrate on just skiing well

Nicole Hosp

But Schild did win the slalom and combined crowns, while veteran speed specialist Renate Goetschl took the downhill and super-G titles.

In the month since the World Championships, Hosp has claimed precious points with three victories and six podium places, finishing outside each race's top 10 only twice.

Hosp's fourth giant slalom win of the season saw her finish top of the standings with a points total of 1572.

It marked the first time in five years that an Austrian woman has won the overall title.

The last four were evenly shared by Sweden's Anja Paerson and Croatia's Janica Kostelic, who won last year's edition and sat out this season for health reasons.

Hosp said: "To do this five years after my first World Cup victory is very emotional. This was the biggest win of my season because I knew I had to finish.

"It was not only important to win the overall but also the giant slalom crown because we were looking to snatch all the titles this season and we've now done it.

"A lot of things were going through my head but I worked hard to concentrate on just skiing well."


Race results, women's giant slalom, Lenzerheide,

1. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 2 minutes, 11.98 seconds
2. Kathrin Hoelzl (Ger), 2.13.40 (1:03.99-1:09.41)
3. Michaela Kirchgasser (Aut) 2:13.51
4. Manuela Moelgg (Ita) 2.14.12
5. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 2.14.37
6. Anna Ottosson (Swe) 2:14.55
Marlies Schild (Aut) 2:14.55
8. Nicole Gius (Ita) 2:14.78
9. Elisabeth Goergl (Aut) 2:15.42
10. Maria Riesch (Ger) 2:15.47

Final World Cup Giant Slalom Standings (after 7 races)

1. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 490
2. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 419
3. Michaela Kirchgasser (Aut) 357
4. Julia Mancuso (USA) 275
5. Kathrin Hoelzl (Ger) 228
6. Anna Ottosson (Swe) 208
7. Kathrin Zettel (Aut) 206
8. Manuela Moelgg (Ita) 200
9. Karen Putzer (Ita) 191
10. Nicole Gius (Ita) 174
21. Chemmy Alcott (GB) 76

Final World Cup Overall Standings (after 35 races)

1. Nicole Hosp (Aut) 1,572pts
2. Marlies Schild (Aut) 1,482
3. Julia Mancuso (USA) 1,356
4. Renate Goetschl (Aut) 1,300
5. Anja Paerson (Swe) 885
6. Lindsey Kildow USA) 808
7. Tanja Poutiainen (Fin) 783
8. Michaela Kirchgasser (Aut) 657
9. Sarka Zahrobska (Cze) 593
10. Ingrid Jacquemod (Fra) 584



SEE ALSO
Hosp win opens up World Cup race
17 Mar 07 |  Winter Sports
Hosp powers to giant slalom gold
13 Feb 07 |  Winter Sports


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